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Major Head Coach Addresses Rumors Linking Him To Ohio State Job

A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer has not been fired by Ohio State and many people believe the Buckeyes' head coach, despite being placed on administrative leave, will keep his head coaching position at the conclusion of the school's investigation.

However, there are already some speculating about Meyer's future in Columbus and who might replace him on the sideline if he is fired.

One name getting mentioned as much as any is Matt Campbell. The Iowa State head coach is an Ohio native and a rising star in the college football world.

If Meyer is done at Ohio State (a big "if," of course), it would not be surprising to see Campbell get an interview.

Campbell recently addressed the rumors. Here's what he said.

“First and foremost I want to address this. I’ve got the utmost respect for those of you who follow our football program. I really appreciate what you do. With that said, over the last few days I’ve gotten some text messages, phone calls, about addressing situations at other institutions … what’s going on at other institutions,” Campbell said. “You need to know this: From my end, I’m never going to talk about what’s going on at other schools, other universities. My sole purpose in my job is to focus on No. 1, my football players, No. 2 our coaching staff, No. 3 our fan base and No. 4 our future of our football program. A lot of you guys know me, a lot of you guys know what I stand for. I’ve always said this, ‘You’re either somebody in this profession who is trying to do something or be something.’

“Over the last two and a half years I’ve proven that my whole sole mission is to be here and to do something. With that said, as we go forward, I have the utmost respect for you and the job you have to do, but I’ll only answer questions that pertain to our football program, Iowa State football and our future.”

That's a pretty great response by Campbell.